By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has vowed to deliver on its mandate areas, especially in the protection of oil pipelines against vandalism as well as protection of lives and property.
Delta State Commandant of the Corps, Mrs Beatrice Irabor, in her keynote address at a one-day summit on the role of NSCDC in Asaba, said the corps was also combating chemical poisoning, oil spillage, nuclear waste and any activity aimed at frustrating government programmes and policies.
Noting that the corps was into peace and conflict resolution, intelligence and information gathering, Irabor said that the NSCDC had been incorporated into the operation of the Joint Task Force operating in the Niger Delta region.
She said that the Corps had also gone into partnership with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in which the “Corps has contributed armed personnel to secure NIMASA’s facilities while providing round the clock security in conjunction with the Nigerian Navy on the country’s waterways to checkmate the menace of piracy, oil theft and illegal bunkering. “
Saying that the Corps was also incorporated into Special Mines Task Force established by the Federal Government to counter the menace of illegal mining activities in the country, she disclosed that the NSCDC, through its peace and conflict resolution unit, was in partnership with the UNDP in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism.
“The Corps has established Emergency Response Units at airports located in Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, Port-Harcourt and Kano and has stationed emergency response ambulances along major routes in the country for quick response in emergency situations,” she added.